Sunken towboat lifted from Neches River

Response crews work from a spud barge to conduct salvage and recover operations for the towing vessel Louise on the Neches River near Port Arthur, Aug. 22, 2015. Response crews placed containment and absorbent boom around to minimize the impact of the pollution leaking from the vessel. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Scott Ledee)

Response crews work from a spud barge to conduct salvage and recover operations for the towing vessel Louise on the Neches River. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Scott Ledee)

PORT ARTHUR, Texas — A towboat that sank in the Neches River Aug. 21, and caused a temporary closure of the waterway, was successfully lifted out of the water Wednesday Evening.

T&T Marine, a contractor hired by the towboat company, refloated and towed the towboat Louise to Bolivar Barge Cleaning Service. The vessel was dry-docked and is awaiting inspection and potential repairs.

A small amount of residual oil on the water was removed by oil spill responders using oil spill containment and absorbent booms.

The Coast Guard fully re-opened the waterway without restrictions.

Coast Guard personnel continue to investigate the incident.

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